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Plan details ways to deal with ocean, coastal problems

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published September 13, 2006


TALLAHASSEE - Twenty environmental, recreational and civic groups unveiled a blueprint Tuesday for dealing with threats to Florida's coasts and ocean waters, including pollution, beach erosion, offshore drilling, global warming and overfishing.

Representatives said the organizations hoped Florida's next governor, whether Republican Charlie Crist or Democrat Jim Davis, would embrace recommendations in their report, "Florida's Coastal and Ocean Future: A Blueprint for Economic and Environmental Leadership." Davis, a Tampa congressman, did so immediately. Crist, state attorney general, was still examining the report, said campaign spokeswoman Erin Isaac.

The report calls in part for strengthening coastal development regulations; maintaining or improving water quality standards; preserving marine and coastal ecosystems; reducing pollution, especially carbon dioxide emissions; and comprehensive ecosystem management by government agencies.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS